We all have a favorite TV show. Some of us like comedy, others suspense, and others drama. One of my favorites is Shark Tank. On an episode a few seasons back, one entrepreneur came on seeking an investment in a company that was doing abysmal by all standards. They might as well have been selling … Continue reading Does What I Feel Determine What is Real?
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”–Hebrews 11:1 What is faith? It is blind, like the trust falls we once did in elementary school or at a work retreat? It is unreasonable and lacking of any evidence, like a belief in the Easter bunny or Santa Clause, … Continue reading Is There More Reason to Believe in God than Bigfoot?
Two-thousand years ago, the Jewish people found themselves in a sad and sorrowful time. The Roman government had overtaken all that they knew as near and dear for their religion to be promising. You could say that they were living in a time of bad news. A few men found themselves in a unique situation … Continue reading Fall On Your Knees For the Savior Alone
Isn't there joy on the face of the child in the cover photo? Too often, we are afraid we can't find that joy in the pages of Scripture. We feel bogged down, confused, and weary after attempting to read the hills and valleys of words within. Yet, within the pages of Scripture, there lies an … Continue reading The Unexpected Joy in Learning to Read the Bible
Bart Ehrman, a prolific agnostic author and professor poses a question to his students each semester he begins his course over the Bible at the secular university at which he teaches. Ehrman has summarized the routine as follows: "So, part of the deal of teaching in the Bible Belt is that lots of my students … Continue reading What Is the Bible?
Why can I trust my Bible? In 2013, Macklemore released Same Love, a song with a political plea for the neutrality of gender and the propagation of “love.” In the song, Macklemore does two things. First, he attacks the authority of Scripture, “America the brave Still fears what we don't know And God loves all … Continue reading Why Can I Trust My Bible?
How do I choose a translation? The question listed above is a good question, but it is one among many. Why are there so many translations? Which translation is best? How do I know which translations are reliable? This list of questions can go on and on and on, but our goal is to answer … Continue reading Are All Bible Translations Created Equal?
What books belong in the Bible? How do we know we have the right books in the Bible? Do we have an authoritative list of books, or a list of authoritative books? With so many today (even pastors) questioning the authority of the Bible, this question is more valuable than ever. The questions we will … Continue reading Which Words Are God’s Words?
This is post three of five in the series on killing sin. Refer back to Post 1 and Post 2. We have now gained a working definition of both sin and temptation. Now we will see what Scripture tells us of declaring war against sin. Note: this is not a practical "how-to" guide, but understanding … Continue reading How to Kill Sin: Declaring War (Part 3)
As a junior in college, I began to read Scripture more routinely and joyfully. It was in a house with four other guys, that I would wake up and have my time with God and His Word at 8:00 am (early for a 20 year old college guy!). Depending on the day would depend how … Continue reading The Joy of the Old Testament